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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Multiple marathons and events leave Echo Park residents driving in circles

On Sunday morning, for the second time since December, Echo Park resident Eric Adkins found neighborhood streets blocked and barricaded. No, it wasn’t a crime scene, film shoot or Dodger Stadium event – the usual suspects. It was some kind of a walk-a-thon through Elysian Park that blocked streets near Stadium Way, delaying Adkins by 30 minutes as he looked for a way around the barricades. In December, Adkins had to weave around the streets near Echo Park Lake and Angeleno Heights after a Sunday morning marathon had blocked the Echo Park Avenue onramp to the 101 Freeway. The delays are bad enough, but it’s really the lack of widespread notification that bothers Adkins.

“I saw No Parking signs for Sunday on Stadium Way while driving by on Friday, but no reason why,” Adkins wrote in an email of the most recent road closure. “These sporting events attack without any regard to residents and offer no plan of escape route. Posted security guards don’t even know what the route is to help getting out. If we were just given notice, we could plan for this delay in finding a way out of the maze.”

Anyone who gets a road closure permit must notify nearby residents, property owners and tenants in the area 10 days before the closure of a local street (30 days of a major street), according to the city’s Bureau of Street Services. The city’s Transportation Department also warns residents of upcoming street closures through its Traffic Surveillance & Control website. But that’s only for major events. On Sunday, for example, the only closure listed was for the Grammy Awards.

Since some film companies and the Dodgers seem to be doing a better job of notifying residents of street closures and detours, why shouldn’t these event organizers? “You would think that locals could subscribe to some sort of email warning alert,” Adkins said. ” Is there any in these event prone areas?”

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